The roadway has been and continues to be a dangerous place for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. However, it is especially dangerous for those who are inexperienced, particularly teenagers, who haven’ haven’t had the opportunity to spend much time on it. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens.” Aside from teen drivers representing the age group that is involved in the most vehicular accidents, they are also extremely vulnerable when traveling by foot. Before a teen reaches the legal age where they are permitted to drive, they have to get around some way. Whether it is by being transported around by their parent, walking, or bicycling, teens will find a way to get to and from the places they need to go.
Unfortunately, when teens attempt to get around, they often find themselves in some rather compromising situations simply because they aren’t implementing the safety tips that can help them avoid from engaging in an accident. In recent news, NBC Chicago reported that a 13-year-old boy was struck and killed by a semi-trailer truck while attempting to cross Interstate 57 nearby to south Matteson. It was around 7:30 p.m. when four teenage boys tried to get across the interstate at Lincoln highway when one was hit by the truck. That teen has been identified as Demariano Black. When authorities arrived at the area where the incident occurred, they pronounced Black dead at the scene. The news outlet cited that the medical examiner’s office ruled his death an accident following the conclusion of their autopsy.
As you can imagine, losing a child is never an easy thing for a parent to deal with, especially when their death was so unexpected. But, without teens being informed and aware of the steps they should be taking to keep themselves safe while out walking, more incidents will only continue to transpire. Therefore, if you have a teen and they get around by foot, below we share a few pedestrian safety tips provided on behalf of Kids Safe Worldwide to decrease the chances of your son or daughter engaging in an accident themselves.
Pedestrian Safety Tips for Teens
- Remind your teen to never use their cell phone while they are out walking. If they must make a call or answer a text, inform them that they should find a safe area to do so. The fact is, your teen’s attention should always be focused on the vehicles traveling around them and not on their cell phones.
- Teens should not be wearing headphones while out walking. Not only does this serve as a distraction to them, but it makes it that more difficult for them to identify when a vehicle is approaching and they might need to move out of the way.
- Remind your teen to walk on sidewalks when they are available or “facing traffic as far to the left as possible” in the event there are no sidewalks available.
- Although your teen may be well aware of what they should be doing each and every time they cross the street, don’t hesitate to remind them to “look left, right, and left again when crossing the street.” They should be taking their time to ensure the roadway is clear from traffic and avoid running or darting out into the street.
- Remind your teen to make eye contact with drivers before they cross the street. They need to also remember to be on the lookout for cars that are turning or backing up as these drivers aren’t always looking out for the pedestrians who might be crossing the street.
Now, if your teen was recently involved in an accident with a large truck or another type of vehicle in Chicago, IL and you have a few questions that need to be answered, we recommend that you contact Dinizulu Law Group, Ltd. to speak with a skilled Chicago, IL truck accident lawyer. Our attorneys are more than capable of providing you with the legal advice and/or guidance you might need and can help you take action against the party who caused your teen to suffer.
As confusing and upsetting as this time might be for you and your family, it is important that you familiarize yourself with the state of Illinois’ personal injury laws so you know which ones can be used to help your teen exercise their rights as a victim. Therefore, we encourage you to contact our office today at 1-312-384-1920 to schedule a consultation.
You can contact Dinizulu Law Group, Ltd. at:
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Chicago, IL 60601